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“Didn't go there enough. ”

Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Caribeans is the origninal bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Puerto Viejo. Chocolate is made right in the cacao forest. Tours of our factory include: all-you-can-eat gourmet chocolate, the chocolate forest hike, and the "see how we do it" factory tour. Regular tours are Monday 10 am, Tuesday10 & 2, Thursday 10 & 2, Friday2 pm, and Saturday 2 pm. No reservations required. We also have a full service coffee and chocolate shop. Our coffee is fresh roasted farm to cup and delicious. Our chocolate is all hand made and organic. Fresh smoothies, sandwiches, ice cream and much more.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We went past this coffee shop probably a dozen times, but it never looked open. When we finally got to go, we were sorry it was our first and last time. They have various types of chocolate to sample and the coffee was very good. I had an iced mocha which was unlike others I've had before in a better way. Probably the fresh coffee and chocolate. The ambience was really nice. This shop is as much of a classroom and gathering place as a place to get good drinks and snacks. The staff was very pleasant and seemed to enjoy what they doing. They offer yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and wellness classes. It received high praise from my wife too, who is a tougher critic than I. If we go back, we will make this an almost daily ritual.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Chocolate will never taste the same anymore after a visit at CariBeans! Yes chocolate tastes much richer now ... well ... good chocolate from here! The chocolate is natural, organic and produces on an ethic & sustainable way, a place and people of my heart! They keep the old cacao trees and the surrounding jungle natural, organic and as diverse as it is already for years. They pay honest prices to their indigenous employees who work here and they pay also a honest price to other local chocolate farmers when they buy chocolate from them. They are also make their own chocolate which is rare in this area and in general. Moreover, this couple is so honest, friendly and warm hearted that I can only love this place.
But above that the chocolate is delicious, with a taste of real chocolate! During the tour you get to taste - on top of a hill with a stunning view on the coastline - different chocolates in combination with herbs & spices what gives very surprising flavours! A very nice experiment which I did now at home for friends and family :-). It's very interesting to follow the whole process from the cacao tree to a chocolate bar so that from then on, while eating chocolate, the taste of chocolate every time reveals the whole story of the cacao. I loved this visit and tour at CariBeans!

Thank Greet963
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Goal of local artisan chocolate makers - the Masters are Indigenous women - is to make Puerto Viejo area a chocolate destination by nurturing the 100 year old trees and engaging & employing the Indigenous people who were gifted with them & have been making chocolate for generations innumerable. There's a Chocolate Festival in October. We toured the Mango Walk cacao farm uphill from the shop that features products from all local cacao fincas & artisans. Not to be missed!

Thank PatMc7
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

The tour was extremely informative and interesting, and lasted quite a bit longer than we thought it would with all the information that was provided. To cap it off you get to do a great chocolate tasting with beautiful ocean views. Highly recommend, although this time of year it's super hot out so in the cooler months it would be more enjoyable in this area of Costa Rica in general. That being said, it was very interesting and the chocolate was great!

Thank Chelsey R
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

For $28pp 2 hour tour, so worth the money! Love that this place is giving jobs to locals and reviving the once diseased cacao farms. This US owner knows his stuff! We learned so much. It is a bit of a steep walk. Don't wear flip flops. We got to sample bits of chocolates from different local farmers and mix it with different herbs, spices, coffee, honey etc to make our own personalized flavors. We drank hot liquid chocolate then we toured the small factory. It ends in the store/restaurant/coffee shop where you get 10% off. We bought coffee beans and chocolate bars to take home. I give this place a 5 star, which I rarely do! I highly recommend. We are staying at Congo Bongo and took a 7000 colones taxi there..ate at Tasty Wave, next door first! Read that review..another 5 star for the shrimp tacos! Yum!!!!

Thank Lori F
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